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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:52 am, Wed Oct 3, 2012.

The city of Galt will spend $260,000 through January to extend a three-year contract for landscape maintenance services. Prior to the vote, the annual compensation cap was $180,000.

The decision was made at Tuesday's city council meeting.

In January 2008, the city entered into the three-year contract with Sacramento-based Professional Landscape Solutions, Inc. The firm has been providing similar services throughout Sacramento County, including a maintenance contract with the city of Elk Grove.

"They provided good services, so we've recommended two additional contract extensions," Galt Public Works Director Steve Winkler said.

The first extension was approved by the council in April.

The firm has supplemented city services, including maintaining green areas and installing irrigation systems in areas such as new plantings in the Carillion Boulevard median, according to Winkler.

Earlier in Tuesday's meeting, the city council unanimously approved a $198,600 contract with an outside design firm for the regional law enforcement training center, essentially moving along a project that had been on hold for more than three years.

There is now an adequate amount of money in the city's capital improvement project fund, according to city staff.

"I'm glad to see where we're at right now," Councilman Randy Shelton said, adding that he and former Mayor Daryl Clare wanted to see the project come to fruition. "(Clare will) be happy."

Part of the project will include adding four shooting ranges to the city-owned firearms range. This will not only provide extra space for the Galt Police Department to practice shooting, but will also allow more outside agencies to rent the range, which could generate more revenue for the city.

The range is located near the Wastewater Treatment Plant off Twin Cities Road.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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